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Brainy Tribute: From Bits and Pieces to A Whole Thinline

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Rock-Ola, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. Rock-Ola

    Rock-Ola Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Nov 26, 2009
    Hellsinkin', Finland
    Here's my Brainy Tribute build. I didn't interact with Andy that much, but I enjoyed reading his posts, and I figured I'd join in paying my respects. This is going to be a Thinline with a few quirks, including a feature that I think just might be a world first. Stay tuned.

    To recap, here's the piece of mystery wood I salvaged from a 150-year old barn with a leaking roof. I actually got two pieces, the one not in the picture being narrower but otherwise just as exciting piece of dirty wood. At this point I thought they might be birch.

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    Here's one of the planks after planing. It was cupped and cracked so badly that I had to rip it down the middle. The heartwood tells me it's not birch, but what is it then?

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    My best guess so far is bird cherry (Prunus padus), with rowan aka European mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia) a close second. Someone suggested maple, but it's not hard enough for that, and I don't think any maple has brown heartwood. Any other guesses?

    I was planning to use the mystery wood for the body, but on closer inspection it seems I can only get a usable 31-32 mm (1 1/4") thickness out of it. I guess I could always put a 6 mm (1/4") cap on both sides, but I was kind of hoping to have the mystery wood more visible. Not sure if I can make it happen with these pieces (I still have some left unplaned) unless I make it a 4-piece. At this point I'm open to any ideas, I'm making it up as I go along anyway.
     

  2. BluesBlooded

    BluesBlooded Friend of Leo's

    Mystery wood, I like that. Can't wait to see your unique feature.

    Good luck with the build!
     

  3. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    old wood is good wood... looking forward to your build!
     

  4. NotAnotherHobby

    NotAnotherHobby Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2015
    Da' Magic Mittin'
    American maple will have brown heartwood from time to time.

    Did some looking on the wood database. Alder, maybe? It is considered "common in appearance" and that heartwood could simply be mineral stain.
     

  5. Rock-Ola

    Rock-Ola Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Nov 26, 2009
    Hellsinkin', Finland
    On a local forum, people with experience in North European timber said it's most likely European aspen (Populus tremula). Good for matchsticks and sauna benches, not necessarily so much for stringed instruments ("doesn't hold nails well" isn't exactly a glowing recommendation). Time to go wood shopping I guess.
     

  6. Newbcaster

    Newbcaster Tele-Meister

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    Nothing wrong with aspen for instrument wood. If it has a tap tone.. its good!
     
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  7. allen082

    allen082 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 16, 2009
    fort worth
    Sauna benches huh?.... if its used for naked butts to sit on, I can't think of a reason it shouldn't be used for a tele...
     

  8. Rock-Ola

    Rock-Ola Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Nov 26, 2009
    Hellsinkin', Finland
    The plot thickens, now the consensus seems to be it's birch after all. Doesn't really matter either way, I'm going to use it.

    It looks like I might still have to go wood shopping anyway though. On closer inspection the quality of the wood left a lot to be desired. Pair that with a disastrous first attempt at resawing with a bandsaw blade that has seen better days, and here's what a big chunk of it was reduced to.

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    Ta-dah, one spalted birch top. Not bookmatched, but them's the breaks. I was planning to do the body in solid colour(s) but now it looks like it'll have to be a stain. Maybe (British Racing) green, with cream binding and gold hardware. I still have to come up with about 10 mm of something to build up enough thickness for the body blank.

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    Here's something I prepared earlier. This neck blank has been in the works for a while, might as well use it for this project. Gluing a maple filler strip on top of the single action truss rod.
     

  9. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    Nothing wrong with aspen for a body. My Brainy build has a white spruce body which is as hard as butter that was left outside the fridge over night. It won't take screws well, correct. But you can put maple inserts everywhere where a screw goes. I am also laminating the entire body with birch which is harder than white spruce. That way i have a pretty light weight resonant body that isn't that prone to dents. I am a bit behind with posting pics - will put them up soon. Don't shy away from aspen
     

  10. Rock-Ola

    Rock-Ola Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Nov 26, 2009
    Hellsinkin', Finland
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    I'm happy to report that no wood shopping was needed after all. I was able to get this body blank (or the core of one anyway) by gluing four pieces together. The top will be spalted birch as seen in the previous post. While foraging for the planks I also found a piece of 9mm birch ply that is just the right size, so that will be the back. Total cost of body wood: 0.
     

  11. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    Nice!

    Second best price there is! hey they could pay ya to take it!
    Love me some old Reclaimedfreewood.
     
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  12. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    I love me some re-claimed pine, mahogany, walnut and old, old, chestnut all are great to work with and have that look of a distinguished old coot :twisted:
    I'd like some reclaimed Koa... got any of that kickin around there 2B2?:rolleyes: Trying to find a piece big enough for a solid body cost about a grand to an arm & leg :eek:even trying to find 1 inch stock to re-saw for tops is dicey and expensive.:mad:
     
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  13. Reckless Rat

    Reckless Rat Tele-Meister

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    Feb 26, 2014
    UK
    Freewood is good wood. Birch ply can look surprisingly nice with some stain on it - there's a sort of wavy yellow grain that catches the light. One thing I found to be careful of is cutting across the grain; it's a bit frangible and will chip off large splinters, especially with a jigsaw. I think a bandsaw works best as the workpiece is closely supported underneath.

    (Incidentally, if your avatar is what I think it is - I remember that video from years ago. It still makes me wince, although the guy does seem to be enjoying it)
     
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  14. Rock-Ola

    Rock-Ola Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Nov 26, 2009
    Hellsinkin', Finland
    I was planning to paint it but you're right, the figuring on it is so nice that now I'm having second thoughts.
    Luckily I have access to a bandsaw so no jigsaws required. Point taken though, will make a mental note.
    I doubt you've seen this particular video from my 100th skydive, done in the customary nuddy outfit. I did enjoy it a lot.

    Back to the subject; here's a gratuitous clamp porn shot. Would have put more on but ran out. Hope it's enough. I guess I'll have to clean the glue runout with a router. Tried to wipe off what I could but there's still plenty left.

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  15. Rock-Ola

    Rock-Ola Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Nov 26, 2009
    Hellsinkin', Finland
    Body cavities cleaned up, pickup lead channels routed. Wait a minute, what's that extra channel below the bridge? The plot thickens...

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  16. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    Come on the bread dough has had time to rise. Pretty sure its a worm hole between galaxies, but not sure.
     
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  17. Rock-Ola

    Rock-Ola Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Nov 26, 2009
    Hellsinkin', Finland
    Progress is slow, but inevitable. With any luck I should be able to make that 2036 deadline.

    Thought I might just as well hog out another chunk of wood while I was at it.

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    Hmmm, looks like it needs a few more coats of kryptonite.

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  18. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
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    Cool! Looking forward to hearing you play 'Radioactive' by Jimmy Page and 'The Firm' on it.

    Well I'm not uptight
    Not unattractive
    Turn me on tonight
    Cuse I'm Radioactive....


     
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  19. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Earworm......... UG!
     

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